Friday, March 24, 2017

valley song | opening night | crew

VALLEY SONG opens tonight at 8:00 pm! Read about our fabulous behind the scenes crew who've worked around the clock to bring this show to life.


Yvonne Yip Stage Manager
"VALLEY SONG is a lovely and touching story told by beautiful performances of two wonderful human beings."

Yvonne is delighted to be a part of VALLEY SONG again with this wonderful company. This is her first time working at Pacific Theatre. Recent credits include stage managing THE DROWNING GIRLS (Theatre North West), DOOST (Neworld Theatre), BIG BAD (Boca del Lupo) and assisting on THE DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (Arts Club Theatre), and KING OF THE YEES (Gateway Theatre).


Drew Facey Set Designer
Drew is a graduate of Studio 58 and has been designing sets and costumes for opera and theatre over the past ten years. His most recent work at Pacific Theatre was set designing for THE SEAFARER and THE WHIPPING MAN. Other recent highlights include: COMEDY OF ERRORS (Western Canada, Theatre Aquarius), ONEGIN (Arts Club), DAS DING (Can Stage), THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR (Bard), INTO THE WOODS (Thousand Island), EVITA, STICKBOY, (Vancouver Opera), BONJOUR, LA, BONJOUR (Seizième), BROTHEL #9(Touchstone), , ART (Gateway), PENELOPE (Rumble).


Jennifer Stewart Associate Designer
Jennifer was the properties manager on HOLY MO! A CHRISTMAS SHOW! and THE WHIPPING MAN, at Pacific Theatre. She trained at Studio 58 and has had the pleasure of working on a range of projects, including: Wardrobe Coordinator for STUDIES IN MOTION (Electric Company), Set Designer for OF MICE AND MEN (Hardline, Jessie Nomination), SELFIE (Seizieme, Jessie Nomination), and THE COMPETITION IS FIERCE (Itsazoo, Jessie Nomination). Jennifer completed her BA in History in 2013, having studied at UBC and the University of Edinburgh.


Cathy Nosaty Sound Design
Cathy Nosaty enjoys a diverse career as a musician, composer, musical director and artist educator. She began her musical training as a classical pianist and her love of creative collaboration led to her to dance, theatre and scoring to picture. Over the past thirty years she has created scores for over one hundred productions for regional and independent theatre companies across Canada and a dozen documentary films. Her work has been heard on international stages with Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes, Manitoba Theatre For Young People and DynamO Theatre. Cathy was Assistant Conductor/Keyboard 1 for the Toronto company of JERSEY BOYS and her documentary film scores include THE MOTHERLOAD for CBC’s THE DOC ZONE.

Cathy is an enthusiastic artist educator for the Canadian Opera Company, tdsbCREATES, the Royal Conservatory of Music, Tapestry Opera, Swallowing Clouds, Jumblies Theatre, Community Arts Guild, Theatre Direct, DAREArts and numerous programs with the Ontario Arts Council.


Barb Clayden Costume Design
Barbara Clayden has been a theatre artist for over 30 years, designing costumes for various theatre and dance companies around Vancouver including the Arts Club Theatre, Bard on the Beach, Blackbird Theatre, Carousel Theatre, the Firehall Arts Centre, Neworld Theatre, Presentation House, Pi Theatre, Rumble, and Theatre Replacement. She has been nominated for numerous Jessie Awards and won a few along the way.


Chengyan Boon Lighting Design
Chengyan is delighted to be returning to design another show in the challenging space that is Pacific Theatre. He stage managed the world premiere of SUITCASE STORIES earlier in our season. A Vancouver-based lighting designer and UBC BFA Theatre Design and Production grad, he coming hot off the heels of designing lights for JANE EYRE: THE MUSICAL (Trinity Western’s SAMC) and MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS (Vital Spark). Other recent highlights: JACOB MARLEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROL (Theatre Obscura), THE THREEPENNY OPERA (Theatre in the Raw), and RED (Aenigma Theatre).

Thursday, March 23, 2017

valley song | pay-what-you-can-preview

Tonight is pay-what-you-can preview for VALLEY SONG! Be the first in town to see this heartfelt show and do it at a price that won't break the bank.


Advance tickets available for $14.95 at pacifictheatre.org or by calling 604.731.5518

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

valley song | interview with jovanni sy

Jovanni Sy is a man of many talents. Not only is he directing VALLEY SONG at Pacific Theatre, he is also a playwright, actor, and the Artistic Director of Gateway Theatre. Jovanni shares his thoughts on apartheid and VALLEY SONG, opening this Friday at 8:00 pm!


On April 27, 1994 South Africa held their first free election where all citizens—regardless of race—were allowed to vote. This led to the historic appointment of Nelson Mandela as the country’s first black president. A year later, Athol Fugard’s play Valley Song premiered in Johannesburg. Since the early 60s, Fugard had been a vocal opponent of apartheid and his body of work as a playwright eloquently spoke out against the inherent social injustices of this system. Fugard and his theatre company were subjected to government restrictions and police surveillance. Unbowed, Fugard continued to advocate for equality for over thirty years.

So with Valley Song, the world was keen to see what Fugard would write about in post-apartheid South Africa. Fugard’s newest play turned out to be both timely and timeless. The master playwright created a story that was both specific to the circumstances of the fledgling South African democracy and universal in its themes.

As with many of his earlier plays, Fugard brilliantly managed to encapsulate huge political ideas into intimately personal stories of ordinary people. The character of Buks not only represents the old South Africa, he is the voice of all older generations that are resistant to change. And Veronica’s songs ring true for all young people driven by boundless hopes and dreams.

I hope you enjoy seeing the torch passed from one generation to the next in this tale of love and forgiveness written by one of our greatest living playwrights.

2017-2018 season announcement!

We are so excited to announce our 2017-2018 season! Next season we're really digging in to our mission to produce theatre that matters. The final show of the season features Artistic Director, Ron Reed's, new play TOLKIEN. Visit pacifictheatre.org to subscribe online or call our box office at 604.731.5518.


2017-2018 MAINSTAGE SERIES

THE CHRISTIANS by Lucas Hnath • Sept 12-Oct 7

With one sentence, Pastor Paul overturns one of the sacred tenets of his congregation's beliefs, sending the church reeling towards a schism. A thoughtful and complex exploration of the mystery of faith, community, and how we know what we believe.

Why This Matters: Wrestles with doubt, change, community, and conflict.

THE LONESOME WEST by Martin McDonaugh • Oct 20-Nov 11 • Guest production by Cave Canem Productions

It's hard to tell who brothers Coleman and Valene hate more - each other, or the rest of the world. When their priest inspires an attempt at reconciliation, their confessions become new weapons to open old wounds. A pitch-black Irish comedy by the writer of IN BRUGES.

Why This Matters: Wrestles with the cost of redemption and forgiveness. Includes incredibly strong language and violence.

ALMOST, MAINE by John Cariani • Nov 24-Dec 16

It's a cold, clear midwinter night in Almost, Maine. The northern lights dance above, making it the perfect night to fall into, or out of, love. A charming, almost-magical snapshot of the joys and perils of romance across one small town.

Why This Matters: Invites exploration of love, hope, and transformation.

CHRISTMAS PRESENCE • Dec 19-23 (Valley: Dec 17)

A gathering of PTs favourite musicians and actors, sharing songs and stories for the holiday season. The perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit.

Why This Matters: A heartfelt tradition, celebrating the Christmas season.


RUINED by Lynn Nottage • Jan 26-Feb 17 • Guest production by Dark Glass Theatre

Mama Nadi's bar both protects and profits off the bodies of women who have become casualties of a long and brutal civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. An intense, demanding drama that gives a heartbreakingly human face to those wrecked by war.

Why This Matters: Wrestles with the search of hope and survival in the darkness of war. Includes violence, sexual violence, and very strong language.

AN ALMOST HOLY PICTURE by Heather McDonald • Feb 21-Mar 3 • Originally produced by Rosebud Theatre

Samuel Gentle has heard God's voice three times in his life, and each encounter led him one step closer to the loss of his faith. A poetic encounter with one man's quest for solace and meaning amount tragedy and misfortune.

Why This Matters: Invites exploration of grace, faith, and the wounds of loss. Includes some strong language.

BAR MITZVAH BOY by Mark Leiren-Young • Mar 23-Apr 14 • World Premiere!

Rabbi Michael arrives in her office to find Joey, a successful lawyer with a sudden and desperate need to get bar mitzvahed. He needs to do it right away (next week would be good), and he doesn't want to tell anyone. A brand-new comedy about faith, tragedy, and the meaning behind the ritual.

Why This Matters: Invites exploration of community, ritual, loss, and joy. Includes some strong language.

TOLKIEN by Ron Reed • May 11-June 9 • World Premiere!

The catalyst for both The Hobbit and The Chronicles of Narnia was an unlikely friendship between Oxford professors J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. A long-awaited historical play charting the complex relationship between two giants of fantasy fiction.

Why This Matters: Invites exploration of friendship, imagination, and the relationship between faith and art.

ADD-ONS

WRITTEN ON THE HEART by David Edgar • Oct 29

A one-night only reading of David Edgar's historical drama about the formation of the King James Bible, presented in Holy Trinity's sanctuary to celebrate the 500th anniversary of The Reformation.

SIDESHOW COMEDY IMPROV • April 20 & 21

Another night of who-knows-where-it-will-end-up improv comedy! Fun for the whole family!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

valley song | sereana malani

Introducing Sereana Malani, playing Veronica Jonkers in VALLEY SONG. Serena was born in the Fiji Islands and raised in Coquitlam, BC. She received her BFA in Acting from the University of Alberta and currently lives in Vancouver with her husband, Elliott. This is Sereana's first time on the PT stage, and we're so excited to see her take on the role of Veronica for the second time (original appearance at Gateway Theatre, 2015)!


Select theatre credits include:
YOU WILL REMEMBER ME (Ruby Slippers), CLEBURNE PARK (Citadel Theatre), SEXUAL PERVERSITY IN CHICAGO (Quiet Things Creative), THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT (Exit 22), GO DOG GO! (Carousel Theatre), GOOD PEOPLE (Arts Club), MEASURE FOR MEASURE, MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, THE TEMPEST, COMEDY OF ERRORS, OTHELLO AND PERICLES (Bard on the Beach). Up next Sereana will be returning to Bard on the Beach where she will be playing Hermione in THE WINTER'S TALE.

Where did you study theatre?
University of Alberta

What are your hobbies, skills, or work outside of theatre?
I love live performance: theatre, opera, concerts, the symphony, spoken word. I love the energy that is created when people gather- strangers coming together to share an experience, I love the humanity and the tradition of it.

I am currently learning ASL and am obsessed with Game of Thrones.

I am an avid reader, I enjoy plays, fiction, poetry and the odd Buzzfeed article.

I have worked on staff at Carousel Theatre for Young People as an assistant drama teacher. Our youngest kids were three and four years old and aside from being unbearably cute they were so funny, I got a kick out of their honest observations about the world.

Where can you be found online?
twitter and instagram: @fiji__bitter
snapchat: adi_sereana

Do you have any personal connections with the content of the play?
Veronica is a dreamer and that's something I think many of us can relate to.

This is a beautiful story about family, dreams and change. Athol Fugard is a prolific figure in the international theatre community and I commend Jovanni Sy and Ron Reed for producing his work in Vancouver. We first staged this play in 2015 at the Gateway Theatre, remounts are a rare invitation to go deeper and further into the character and the story and I am very much looking forward to recreating this world with Jovanni and the incredible David Adams.

mar 24 - apr 16 | fugard | the train driver | united players

Don't be confused, now! This isn't the show Pacific Theatre is presenting in our current season from Mar 24 - Apr 9. That's Athol Fugard's VALLEY SONG, which is a remount of the Richmond Gateway's production which I saw on their stage back in 2015 and KNEW it was something the PT audience had to see.  If The Gateway hadn't found it first, we would definitely have produced it ourselves - but their production is soulful and flawless, so we didn't need to!  

But this isn't that show.  This is ANOTHER wonderful play by South Africa's Athol Fugard which is running at pretty much exactly the same time as VALLEY SONG (though the United Players show runs one week longer).  I'm so excited to be able to see both plays back to back: the night after we open at PT on March 24, I'm heading over to the Jericho Arts Centre to see THE TRAIN DRIVER. "Guilt, suffering, redemption..." - sound like Pacific Theatre material?

Fugard is one of those playwrights PT keeps coming back to, along with John Patrick Shanley and Stephen Adley Guirgis (not to mention our own writers like Lucia Frangione and Ron Reed).  In January 2000 we staged one of my own favourite and most memorable productions, MASTER HAROLD... AND THE BOYS; in 2003 we hosted a Guest Production of PLAYLAND, which we staged for ourselves in fall 2010. And for years now I've had ROAD TO MECCA on my shortlist for some future season.   


United Players presents...
THE TRAIN DRIVER
by Athol Fugard

March 24 - April 16
Preview: March 23 ($12.00) Opening: March 24
Talkback: March 30
Matinees: April 2 & 16 (no evening performance)
Tickets: $20.00 - $24.00
At the Jericho Arts Centre

Roelf, a train driver, has spent weeks searching for the identities of a mother and child he unintentionally killed with his train on the track between Philippi and Nyanga on South Africa’s Cape Flats. After a fruitless journey through shanty towns, he encounters an old gravedigger named Simon who helps the desperate man unburden his conscience. Based on a true story, Athol Fugard’s beautiful and haunting The Train Driver is a soulful exploration of guilt, suffering, redemption, and the powerful bonds that grow between strangers. “Brave, confrontational and tender... Essential theatre viewing.” Sunday Times, South Africa.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

valley song | David Adams

Introducing David Adams, playing Abraham Jonkers/The Author in VALLEY SONG! David appeared in the poignant and charming solo show, JESUS, MY BOY, here at PT in in 2008. He is thrilled to be back to tackle one of his favourite playwrights, Athol Fugaard. 


Select theatre credits include: 
This past theatre season, he performed the role of Big Davey in the Stanley Theatre’s smash hit musical BILLY ELLIOT,prowled Kolkata’s steamy streets in Touchstone Theatre’s BROTHEL #9 at The Cultch and Cavorted in RCYB’s NUTCRACKER, as magical Grand Uncle Drosselmeyer. Following VALLEY SONG, David joins the company at Bard on the Beach in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and THE WINTER'S TALE, this summer.

Place of birth
Cape Town, South Africa

Where did you study theatre?
UBC Theatre Dept.*

Recent or favourite theatre credits/awards?
THE TEMPEST (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, Ottawa), URINETOWN THE MUSICAL  (Firehall Arts Centre), MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Tarragon Theatre - Toronto), TEAR THE CURTAIN (The Electric Co/Stanley Theatre), LES MISERABLES (Western Canada Theatre, Kamloops), SHOWBOAT (Live Entertainment - 1st National Tour).

What are your hobbies, skills, or work outside of theatre?
I’m in the process of earning my wine sommelier accreditation (WSET) and am conducting some tours during the upcoming Vancouver International Wine Festival.

Where can you be found online?
Facebook page - David M. Adams

Do you have any personal connections with the content of the play?
Oh yes!! I was born Klerllnge or Coloured (mixed race) during apartheid in South Africa. I've always been fascinated by how my people have adapted to the new government structure without institutionalized racism as its core. Now that everyone has the 'freedom' to be, how have the old ways and deep rooted caste system changed -or have they??

South Africa is a long way from Vancouver -almost as far away as you can get! Here's a chance to share with Vancouver audiences, some of the beauty and issues facing that amazing country of my birth!

Monday, March 13, 2017

valley song | first read

Today we welcomed the cast of VALLEY SONG to PT! Although this was the first read official read through for many of our staff, it was not the case for David Adams and Sereana Malani. The dynamic duo was last seen together in Gateway Theatre's production of VALLEY SONG two years ago. Here are some photos of today's read through.









Thursday, March 09, 2017

the wolves | apprentice project | april 20-23

Danielle Klaudt, one of our fabulous apprentices, stumbled upon a gem while looking for a potential project to produce and perform on the PT stage. Danielle fell in love with THE WOLVES, by Sarah Delappe, and put together a dream team to bring the script to life. THE WOLVES opens on April 20th and runs until April 23rd. Check out their trailer below and stay tuned for more information about the show and the all-star cast!


A pack of adolescent girls prepares for battle on the soccer field. As they grapple with everything from pop culture to politics, the girls establish their identities as individuals and as a team. The competition is fierce as the championship looms. Who will come out on top?

Audience Advisory: Strong Language and Mature subject matter. 15+ recommended viewing age.

April 20-22 @ 8pm, Sun. April 23 @ 2pm
Running Time: 90 mins.
Tickets: $15 in advance or at the door

Directed by Jamie King
Featuring Georgia Beaty, Nikki Bryce, Danielle Klaudt, Alexandra Lainfiesta, Kim Larson, Camille Legg, Paige Louter, Anjela Magpantay, Jalen Saip, and Amanda Sum.
Stage Management by Victoria Snashall
Lighting by Nicole Weismiller
Set/Props by Calvin Baker
Sound by Matthew MacDonald-Bain
Costumes by Hannah May
Photography by Catchall Photography